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Restart after erasing hard drive

I used DRIVE ERASER to deleye my whole hard drive. I reinstalled all the recovery disks I made when I bought the laptop ACER 3690 . They all install but the windows will not start. I get a blank screen with a flashing _ or I am told NTLDR is missing. press any key to restart.

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I had to nuke my HDD a few weeks ago and reinstall after I had a nasty virus attack on the Acer Aspire 3690. I experienced the exact same thing you did. The main problem I discoverd is that you need to change your MBR (master boot record) to "standard IPL"

This is how I solved the problem.

Download UBCD (ultimate boot CD) for free from here:
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

This is a free utility disk. Burn the downloaded ISO image to a CD. Your CD burning software should have a "burn ISO image" option.

Put your UBCD into the CD/DVD drive. There is an auto play file on the disk that may load the UBCD website. Just close the web browser if it does that.

Go to start/turn off coumpter/restart. Restart your computer. When the compuer boots back up to a white screen that says "Acer", press the "F2" key to enter the BIOS settings. Go to the "Boot" tab and follow the instruction menu to make sure the DVD drive is first in the boot sequence. Press "F10" to save and reboot.

After UBCD loads, go to filesystem tools/partition tools/ranish partition manager. Let it run through and boot the program. Notice MBR (master boot record). Hit enter to edit MBR. Hit spacebar to cycle to "standard IPL". Press enter. Hit the down arrow key on your keyboard and highlight 1st partition. Hit enter. Choose file system "Fat 32". Hit enter. Make the partition size 40 gigs (40,000.000 kB). Hit enter then "save" and choose format now and "quick format". Highlight next partition and make it "fat 32". Make the partitiion size the rest of the space on the HDD.
Note: You can choose to divide your HDD into two partitions or not. My 80gig HDD came divided in half. "C" drive and "D" drive. I suspect this is done to speed up read time of the HDD. You can simply allocate all the HDD space for one partition ONLY is you wish. If you divide it in half, one partition will automatically be labeld C: drive and the other D: drive when you look in "My Computer".

Now, go back and highlight the 1st partition you formatted and hit "B" on the keyboard to make it the boot partition. (You want this partition to be labeled with the boot flag because Windows will be loaded onto this partition.) Hit F2 to save. Take out the UBCD from your DVD drive and put in "Disk 1" of the recovery DVD's. Press ctrl+alt+delete to reboot.

When the recovery disk loads, follow the onscreen instructions. After Windows installs, you will need to reset your BIOS settings to set the DVD drive back to first in boot sequence.

Hope this works for you.

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

  • Toddo7 Dec 01, 2008

    Kawuna is right. Your hidden recovery partition is gone. Don't worry. You don't need it. The hidden recovery utility is really only redundancy as it is unnecisarily taking up HDD space and you have your recovery disks anyway. Just don't ever loose your recovery disks or you're up a creek.



    My Acer laptop HDD came formatted with 3 partitions. Partition 1 was a hidden recovery partition about 5 + gigs. Partition 2 was the boot partition which contained Windows at about 35 gigs and partition 3 was empty at about 35 gigs.

  • Toddo7 Dec 01, 2008

    Hey, I need to edit an instruction that I told you. These instruction that I gave you are for a completely wiped HDD. You have already gotten the recovery disks to install windows on partition 1. The part where I told you to do "quick format" in the Ranish partition manager utility, don't do that. You must choose to do a full format now, which takes longer. You must erase what your recovery disks have already just installed and reinstall the recovery disks on a completely reformatted HDD.



    Do NOT do the "quick format" of your partitions or there will be TWO operating systems detected when you boot your computer up and it will ask you every time which operating system you wish to boot.



    Choose thorough format of your partitions rather than "quick format".

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I think either you will have to make sure that your drive, your cd drive, is booting up,It should be f2
to boot your computer, it will give you a selection to boot from, your cd is the correct selection.,if no results,you must have deleted the backup partition or recovery partition when you erased the partition.Drive eraser would do that most likely.it writes over your drive so software is unrecoverable it is a security measure for valuable files not to be seen or stolen thanks kawuna

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